Iowa State Cyclones football: David Irving charged with criminal mischief, suspended from team


Iowa State football player David Irving has been arrested for his actions on Tuesday night during the VEISHEA riots. The team has suspended him indefinitely, leaving his future on the team in much doubt.

Oct 6, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Texas Christian Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) runs with the ball in the second quarter against Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Jake Knott (20) and defensive end David Irving (87) at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A press release from the Ames Police has five individuals listed that have been arrested in a joint effort from the Ames and ISU police units. On that list is Irving, who’s been charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct, and second-degree criminal mischief. The first two charges are simple misdemeanors while the latter is a class “D” felony.

A class “D” felony is the big charge on Irving’s record, which is punishable for up to five years imprisonment and a fine between $750 and $7,500. This is what classifies as second-degree criminal mischief under Iowa law (via

"Criminal mischief is criminal mischief in the second degree if the cost of replacing, repairing, or restoring the property so damaged, defaced, altered, or destroyed exceeds one thousand dollars but does not exceed ten thousand dollars."

The Ames Tribune reports that Irving was suspended after the police received evidence of his role in uprooting a light pole and a stop sign.

"Irving was charged because he was identified as pulling out one light pole, which wasn’t the one that injured a student and for removing a stop sign, according to Ames Investigations Commander Geoff Huff. The Ames Tribune published photos of Irving hold up a stop sign during the incident on Wednesday."

Iowa State promptly suspended Irving indefinitely after the arrest. Head coach Paul Rhoads will address the situation after Iowa State’s spring game on Saturday.

Irving’s idiocy was seen from the riot yesterday, and now it comes out that he played more roles in the criminal activity. As a reminder, this isn’t the first time Irving has been in trouble with the law.

The defensive lineman recorded 19 total tackles, 4.5 of those for a loss, and two sacks last season. He also broke up four passes, forced a fumble, and blocked two kicks/punts.

Irving was coming in as a senior talent that could lead a troubled defensive line from a season ago. Now all of that is more than likely out the window after Irving’s arrest. With his history, it’d be a surprise to see him step out on the field again for Iowa State.